By Joshua Rich
Updated April 25, 2007 at 12:00 PM EDT

They’re some of the hardest working people in showbiz — literally — but until now stunt men and women haven’t gotten the awards-season recognition they deserve. (For the past several years, their only major kudos have come from the thoroughly fun but largely unheralded World Stunt Awards.) It looks, however, like that might be about to change: Reports today say that the Screen Actors Guild will honor stunt folk with awards at their annual prizefest next January. Mazel tov to them!

Maybe it’s about time for the Motion Picture Academy to follow suit. Along with casting directors, stunt people are, I believe, the largest Hollywood body without an Oscar category. I don’t mean to underestimate the contributions that certain people make to the world of cinema, but you have to think that if, say, hair and makeup people can win Academy Awards, the stunt community deserves a shot too. What’s more, the recent performance of longtime stunt woman Zoe Bell in Grindhouse (pictured) shows that they’ve got lots of talent, that they’re more than just wordless brutes. Don’tcha think, PopWatchers?